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Old 02-24-2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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TF leveling kit arrived ! Time for tires

So I made up my mind on which tire I want/need

I am going with the duratracs...

should I go for 285/70/17 or 315/70/17 ???

I do not want to regear or change my tire carrier

this kit adds 2 inch front and one inch rear...

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Old 02-24-2011, 01:19 PM   #2
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I think you'll be more than happy with the 285s. You'll put less wear on things and your overall performance will not suffer as much. There is no advantage to a 315 over a 285 except for a cosmetic difference. I would go with the 33"s. The Duratracs are also very true to size so you will be getting all 32.8" of tire with them. Post some pics up for whichever you choose!

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I think you'll be more than happy with the 285s. You'll put less wear on things and your overall performance will not suffer as much. There is no advantage to a 315 over a 285 except for a cosmetic difference. I would go with the 33"s. The Duratracs are also very true to size so you will be getting all 32.8" of tire with them. Post some pics up for whichever you choose!
Pretty sure I'd be happy with the 285s but the 315s are not much pricier and if I am going to spend 1500$ on tires I would have liked to see a bigger difference than 0.7 inches (compared to my stock 32.1s) but then again I do not want to put more wear and lose overall performance
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Pretty sure I'd be happy with the 285s but the 315s are not much pricier and if I am going to spend 1500$ on tires I would have liked to see a bigger difference than 0.7 inches (compared to my stock 32.1s) but then again I do not want to put more wear and lose overall performance
The 33s will look really good with the TF kit installed. Both IMO are a perfect match and really make the JK look mean. You can always go up to the 315 but I have had several friends do that and then wish they had just gone with the 33s instead. Like I was mentioning, there is NO advantage functionally to those over the 285s. You will however benefit from a slightly better MPG and wear and tear on your Jeep.
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The 285's got my vote buddy! Might be the better choice being its a DD. Are ya putting the pucks on now or waiting for the tires and doing both at the same time? Are ya keeping your stock wheels?
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Yes it is my DD, JB ... I think I'll put the tires on first then the kit, so that the alignment is done at the end. I am keeping my stock wheels
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I like the stockers also. I noticed quit a bit of "rolling resistance" on mine just going to the 265's. They are 11lbs. per tire more than the SRA's. Don't forget some pics my friend! BTW...you got the 3.21 or 3.73 gears?
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I like the stockers also. I noticed quit a bit of "rolling resistance" on mine just going to the 265's. They are 11lbs. per tire more than the SRA's. Don't forget some pics my friend! BTW...you got the 3.21 or 3.73 gears?
I like the stockers too ! I have both tire sizes 255/75/17 are my stock BFG KMs

I also have a set of winter tires 265/70/17 which are 0.5 inches shorter and 0.4 inches wider. my gears are 3.73, the 3.21s come with the stock rubicon, mine is a sport 2010
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You might need wheel spacers if you're going to use the stock wheels.

Are you installing the tires/wheels? If not, I would install the leveling kit first. I assume that your local tire shop would balance and align after the tires/wheels are installed.

You don't need an alignment after the leveling kit is installed, but it wouldn't hurt.
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You might need wheel spacers if you're going to use the stock wheels.

Are you installing the tires/wheels? If not, I would install the leveling kit first. I assume that your local tire shop would balance and align after the tires/wheels are installed.

You don't need an alignment after the leveling kit is installed, but it wouldn't hurt.
if I go with the 315s I will get spacers otherwise I will adjust the steering stop.

the shop where i got the kit offers an alignment... therefore, I was planning on getting my tire shop to install/balance the tires, then take it to the 4x4 shop for kit and alignment...
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You will need spacers with the Duractracs in 285/70/17. They will rub.
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You will need spacers with the Duractracs in 285/70/17. They will rub.
I can adjust the steering stop with washers, but I might get spacers instead, not sure yet...

I am now confused as I also like the BFG KM2s, but I was told the duratracs have better street manners, I drive to work every day and only go to trails every other weekend, the main terrains I hit are trails, heavy mud, heavy snow, I do not do rock crawling so I was told the km2s weren't for me but I still like them ! So I am reading some reviews on both before I pick, but I am set on 285\70r17 size
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Both are excellent tires. With the ATs you are going to have a quieter ride and possibly beter MPG while still being very good off road. The KM2s are the real deal for off roading. They are louder than the GYs and will make your JK drink gas like it's going out of style but you'll always know your prepared for things when it gets tuff.

Both tires have amazing reviews. You cannot go wrong with either. I would pick the one that looks the best and the one that makes you smile ever time you get in your jeep! On a side note, the KM2s are notorious for being smaller once mounted than there advertised size unlike the duratracs. This may or may not work in your favor?
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On a side note, the KM2s are notorious for being smaller once mounted than there advertised size unlike the duratracs. This may or may not work in your favor?

Thanks... I have read excellent reviews on both, where have you read about the advertised sizes ? I read 32.8 on the GY and 33 on the Km2

I like the very aggressive 19\32 tread of the km2s, but many have told me that if I don't rock crawl, I am not using their potential and they will wear out faster considering my Jeep to be my daily driver too...

The duratracs also have a nice tread design but less aggressive and better street manners ? argghhhh
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Welcome to the madness that is tire shopping for your Jeep.
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Welcome to the madness that is tire shopping for your Jeep.
Hahahaha it's crazy !
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I like the stockers too ! I have both tire sizes 255/75/17 are my stock BFG KMs

I also have a set of winter tires 265/70/17 which are 0.5 inches shorter and 0.4 inches wider. my gears are 3.73, the 3.21s come with the stock rubicon, mine is a sport 2010

Actually the rubicon comes with stock 4.10 gears. All other models come with either 3.73 or 3.21 on the transmission or if you have a tow package. The automatic sport comes stock with the 3.73 and the manual sport comes stock with 3.21, that includes all models except rubicon. This is true for all years except 2007 were a 4.10 could be ordered for non-rubicons as an option
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Actually the rubicon comes with stock 4.10 gears. All other models come with either 3.73 or 3.21 on the transmission or if you have a tow package. The automatic sport comes stock with the 3.73 and the manual sport comes stock with 3.21, that includes all models except rubicon. This is true for all years except 2007 were a 4.10 could be ordered for non-rubicons as an option
interesting... weird that the jeep website advertises differently

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The duratracs also have a nice tread design but less aggressive and better street manners ? argghhhh
Go with the most aggressive tire you can find and thank me later. The uglier and bigger the teeth it has the better!
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Go with the most aggressive tire you can find and thank me later. The uglier and bigger the teeth it has the better!
I like your nitto trail grappler, unfortunately they don't make the 285/70/17 size
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I'm pretty sure they make em in 295/70/17?
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I'm pretty sure they make em in 295/70/17?
they do ... ESP... STOP confusing me !!!! ahahahah I think those are way more expensive in canada, I would have to check
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Yeah they are in 255/75/17 and 295/70/17, take your pick! Here are mine on this thread..

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/nit...led-81050.html
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Sorry Posted this on your other thread for a bump !

How good are those in snow and ice ? mud ?
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Someone probably should let them know they are listing a stock wrangler as a rubicon. One of the big reasons to buy a Rubi is the 4.10 gear, lockers, and disconnects which is not listed no wheres there. It would be sad to put the weakest gears on the best model. They do at least put the correct information if you click on build and price icon
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Someone probably should let them know they are listing a stock wrangler as a rubicon. One of the big reasons to buy a Rubi is the 4.10 gear, lockers, and disconnects which is not listed no wheres there. It would be sad to put the weakest gears on the best model. They do at least put the correct information if you click on build and price icon
I will write them an email tomorrow... Good to find out that information on their website is misleading... thanks for sharing your knowledge
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I will write them an email tomorrow... Good to find out that information on their website is misleading... thanks for sharing your knowledge
I had to do that too with BFG. I called them to let them know a few sites were showing they had the KM2 in 255/75/17. BFG said they're not making them in that size and contacted the sites. I felt like I had done my Jeep duty for the day. The other part was to go get my Jeep stuck..
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I had to do that too with BFG. I called them to let them know a few sites were showing they had the KM2 in 255/75/17. BFG said they're not making them in that size and contacted the sites. I felt like I had done my Jeep duty for the day. The other part was to go get my Jeep stuck..
For further reference about BFG, call Michelin customer service, they will serve you good

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